It was a mixed bag this week for the Marco Island Academy boys as they took their lumps on the road in a 91-55 loss to county power Community School of Naples on January 5, dominated traditional rival Donahue Catholic 80-52, on Thursday at home before letting one get away on Friday at Gateway Charter 66-62.
The loss to Community School (14-1) was expected. The Seahawks are one of the county’s best teams and a state semifinalist last season. They’ve lost only once this season.
However, his team’s performance against Donahue (3-2) was a pleasant surprise for Rays Head Coach Travis Barry.
“I thought it was going to be a really close game because Donahue only lost one player from last year,” Travis Barry said. “But everything clicked for us; they played great. It was one of those games you couldn’t miss. Everything kept going right. It was 80-52, but that was mainly because I played a lot of subs throughout the game.”
MIA’s big three, Kevin Barry, Johnny Watt and Kyler Howard led the way against Donahue, scoring and rebounding at will.
Barry had 27 points and 16 rebounds. Watt had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
“Everything kind of went right for us that day,” Barry said, “and the next day everything kind of went wrong.”
On paper, MIA and Gateway Charter appear to be remarkably well-matched. Barry left the gym feeling he had the better team, but felt a rough environment played a part in his team’s loss—a game he felt they gave away.
“We pretty much had Gateway beat and they came back on us,” Barry said. “We got a little bit rattled in the fourth quarter. They outscored us 21-16 in the fourth quarter and beat us by four. It was just one of those deals. It was one of those games we gave away, and we hadn’t given any games away this year. We’re a better team. We missed a ton of layups. It’s a tough gym to play in. We had ‘em beat. We were up 14-9 in the first quarter. We tied the second quarter. They beat us by four in the third quarter and five in the fourth quarter.
“It was a really tough, rough, environment, and hardly any fouls were called. It was literally an out-of-control situation.”
MIA (8-4) has a busy week ahead with five games scheduled.
“I usually don’t like to play more than three games in a week,” Barry explained. “But you have to take ‘em when you can get them this season. A lot of games have been canceled.”
The Academy traveled to Donahue Catholic on Monday, hosted Everglades City on Tuesday, and traveled to Mason Classical Academy on Thursday. They traveled again to take on Oasis in Cape Coral on Friday and Seacrest Country Day on Saturday.